The Northstar Hotel on Portage Ave was built between 1969 – 71 as the Northstar Inn, part of the CP Hotel chain, and owned by Famous Players. It was Winnipeg’s first “destination” hotel. It boasted indoor parking, two cinemas, a pool and workout room, restaurant and café and a walkway connection to Eaton’s.
The cinemas, obviously run by Famous Players, opened in March 1970, (with Hello Dolly !):